If Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order True Crime, Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire and Chicago Med aren’t enough Dick Wolf for you, we have some good news! NBC is adding a new series to their Wolf catalog and Law & Order franchise with Law & Order: Hate Crimes. The network just announced that they have ordered a 13 episode first season of the new series, making it the 7th television series in the Law & Order world which has had a home on NBC in various forms since 1990.
According to TVLine, the series is “based on New York’s actual Hate Crimes Task Force, the second oldest bias-based task force in the U.S. The unit, which pledges to uphold a zero-tolerance policy against discrimination of any kind, works under the NYPD’s real Special Victims Unit and often borrows SVU’s detectives to assist in their investigations.” So, expect to see the new crew introduced at some point during Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’s upcoming 20th season before an official premiere date for Hate Crimes is announced.
The series was co-created by Wolf and Special Victims Unit showrunner Warren Leight.
[row]“As with all of my crime shows, I want to depict what’s really going on in our cities and shine a light on the wide-ranging victims and show that justice can prevail. Twenty years ago when SVU began, very few people felt comfortable coming forward and reporting these crimes, but when you bring the stories into people’s living rooms – with characters as empathetic as Olivia Benson – a real dialogue can begin. That’s what I hope we can do with this new show in a world where hate crimes have reached an egregious level,” Dick Wolf said in a statement.[/row]
[row]“I’m extremely impressed by the actual men and women investigating these cases in a city as complicated and diverse as New York. The work they are doing puts them on the front lines in a battle for the soul of our city and nation. I’m thrilled about the chance to reunite with Dick and NBC to portray the reality of this crisis, Leight added.”[/row]
NBC has been pulling off some highly ambitious franchise building and crossover work over the years with both the Law & Order and Chicago series, so it will be fun to have a whole new cast of characters introduced and see just how they fit in as well. What are your thoughts on another Law & Order series? Do you like the premise of Hate Crimes? Let us know!
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will have its two-hour season premiere on Sept. 27 from 9-11 p.m. ET.
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